The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: It’s a buddy’s bday, during quarantine, which means i’m at home in my comfy pjs drinking entirely too much. More than I usually would cause I don’t have to make sure I make it home or end up… not home… I’ve had two shots plus two tall boy ciders at 8%… so. Annnnd now 20 min later I’m back and have had another.
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.
Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.
And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything.
In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.
Drunk Overview: This is the untold story of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s sister, the other child prodegy. Our lady Nannerl, the sister to the Mozart we know and love. She is as brilliant as her brother and her folks seek to exploit her the same way her brother was exploited. The twist here is that she has made a bargen with this really mysterious dude who promised her fame. Every time she thinks she’s left him behind, Hyacinth (the dude) coems out of no where and is liek “do me this favor, will ya?” All is fun and glory until she starts to see some consqences… including her brother’s health. Oh sorry, I forgot to mention that her music takes her to The Kingdom of Back, a different actual world where trees grow upside down… that’s where our man H lives. With me? ok. I’m not with me, but let’s hope I did a good job. (Editor’s Note: Lol Drunk Sam)
Spoiler-free Thoughts: This book was a Mood. It was a whole damn aesthetic. But… that’s about it. I know it wanted to be this feminist book. I can do anything you can do sort of thing, but it was so lack luster…
Characters: The characters are fine i suppose. They’re just very blah. I think i’m supposed to care about them, but really i only cared about the music and how it affected the kingdom. I’m sitting here trying to come up with something to say about these folks but i literally do not care. I wish that were the COVID talking but it’s not (I asked a trusted friend).
Plot Ok, I am going to try my damndest to come up with an explaination of the plot that makes any sense… here we go:
Girl is as smart as her brother but isn’t recognized. She wants to be recognized and makes a deal to gain glory. Unsurprisingly that has consequences not the smallest of which is her brother’s healthy. GASP. Dude isn’t what he seems.
I picked that up once the deal was struck… i didn’t need the rest of the book to know that was how it was gonna end.
Writing Style: It felt musical, but not nearly as musical as someone like Laini Taylor or Healther Dixon Wallwork…
World Building: There are so many plot holes. So many. Where did this world come from. Why did no one understand it before? Why didn’t Wolfgang ask about it again after… ya know… ANOTHER DECADE? Whatever, it really and truly didn’t matter.
What to pair it with: A wine cooler. It looks so good from the outside but it is really just sugar and food coloring on the inside.
Rating: 2/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,